COVID-19 & Travel to/in Greenland
At this site you can find information specific to traveling to and in South Greenland during the COVID-19 pandemic,
including who may travel to Greenland, a list of Open Places and Vulnerable Places, plus contact information for health centers.


These guidelines are set in an effort to uphold Greenland's strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic -
to maintain Greenland as a COVID-19-free nation.


For an extensive tourism-related FAQ document, please visit:
www.vg.gl/corona


Any other questions related to travelling in South Greenland during the COVID-19 pandemic
can please be directed to:

Tourism Destination Manager for South Greenland
Sarah Woodall
sw@isg.gl
GREENLAND CLOSED FOR INCOMING TRAVEL (1 January - 28 February 2021)
On 7 January 2021, the Government of Greenland announced the following in a press meeting:

The total ban on incoming travel to Greenland previously set in place for the first weeks of January is now extended to cover the period
1 January - 28 February 2021.
Online booking for incoming flights within this period is not possible.

Note: incoming travel during this period will be allowed by request only for the following persons:
Residents returning home after Christmas holiday
Critical workers
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On 7 January 2021, the Government of Greenland announced the following in a press meeting: 

The total ban on incoming travel to Greenland previously set in place for the period 1-12 January 2021 is now extended to cover the period 1 January - 28 February 2021. 

Required Entry Conditions (through 30 April 2021)
Pending re-opening after 28 February 2021:

As delineated in the Government of Greenland's Executive Order nr 5 of 20 January 2021,
The following 7 conditions are required for ALL persons entering Greenland,

both residents and visitors.
They include requirements prior to travel and upon arrival.
See Additional Resources below for a link to the Executive Order (Greenlandic & Danish only).


1)
Proof of a worthy purpose for entry, as defined by the Danish Police,
for anyone with residence outside of the Kingdom of Denmark.
Those with residence within the Kingdom of Denmark are not required to show proof of a worthy purpose.


2)
Online submission of the "Sumut" form prior to travel. 

At check-in, electronic or print proof must be shown of the Receipt / Confirmation mail received after filling out the "Sumut" form.
No proof = no travel, and all extra costs incurred are one's own financial responsibility.
Read more about "Sumut" form below.


3)
Negative pre-test results from a PCR/RNA virus test administered maximum 3 days (72 hours) prior to check-in for departure to Greenland.

Proof must be shown at check-in.
No proof = no travel, and all extra costs incurred are one's own financial responsibility.
NOTE: As all air travel to Greenland must go via transit in Denmark, one must also fulfill Denmark's pre-test requirement for air travellers (negative test results from a test taken maximum 24 hours prior to boarding a flight to Denmark).
Read more about Pre-Travel Test below.


4)
Door-to-door usage of a mask or visor.

Required in all European terminals, including all airports and heliports in Greenland.
Required onboard all air transport flights in Greenland, i.e. via airplane and helicopter.
Required in any and all ground transport (i.e. bus or taxi) upon arrival.
Required during any and all accommodation check-in procedures.
This is valid for any person age 12 years and older.
Handicapped persons are exempt from this requirement, regardless of age.


5)
Quarantine in an Open Place upon arrival, until receiving negative re-test results.
Read more about Quarantine below.
Read more about Open Places & Vulnerable Places below.


6)
PCR/RNA virus re-test on the 5th day after arrival to Greenland, or after.
Read more about Re-Testing below.


7)
Once out of quarantine, all persons are required to continue to adhere to all COVID-19 sanitation and social distancing precautions & advice, especially until 14 days since arrival to Greenland.


Maintain 2 meters distance from other persons
Avoid places where close contact with others could occur
Wash and/or disinfect hands often
Always cough or sneeze into a handkerchief or arm
Do not spit
Use good cleaning habits and ensure proper ventilation when indoors or in an enclosed space


Additional re-testing if COVID-19 symptoms occur.
Entry Requirement - "Sumut" Form
Electronic or print proof of Receipt / Confirmation email received after filling out the "Sumut" form
is a required condition to travel to Greenland.
All persons must fulfill this entry requirement.


"Sumut" means "Where to?" and is tool used only for the purpose of tracking an infection source, if needed. The information collected in the form will be protected according to the Ordinance for Greenland of the Personal Data Processing Act. More information regarding the disclaimer is found on the first page of the online form, linked below.

One must have a purchased ticket prior to filling out the form.



One must fill out the form personally, online.


The form asks for information including:
Travel plan
Final destination
With whom you will have contact or stay with 


After filling out the form, a Receipt / Confirmation mail will be sent that must be shown electronically or in print,
in order to check-in for the flight to Greenland.
It will show the traveller's name and departure date. Double check that these details are correct. 


Questions regarding filling out the "Sumut" form can be directed to the national COVID-19 Hotline at:
+299 80 11 00


Fill out the "Sumut" form here.
Entry Requirement - Pre-Travel Test
Proof of negative test results from a PCR/RNA test administered maximum 3 days (72 hours) prior to check-in for flights to Greenland
is a required condition to be able to check in.
Legal action can be taken against those who do not abide by the rules.
All persons, including children under 12 years, must fulfill this entry requirement.


Home tests are not valid.
Antibody tests are not valid.
See below for the information required to be shown on the test results. 


How to arrange for a pre-travel test
There are different procedures for persons residing in open Nordic countries, Denmark (and Greenland) and open non-Nordic countries.


For residents of Nordic countries, other than the Kingdom of Denmark:
Testing can be done in one's country of residence.

The test must be administered maximum 3 days (72 hours) prior to check-in for the flight to Greenland.
NOTE: If one is flying to Denmark first, note that one must also abide by Denmark's pre-test regulations: one must show proof of negative test results from a test taken maximum 24 hours prior to boarding a flight to Denmark.

The following information must be visible on the test results in order to check in.
"Tested for COVID-19" (the virus test - NOT the antibody test)
Name
Birthdate
Test result: negative

NOTE: If for some reason one wishes to be tested in Denmark instead of their country of residence, travellers must pay for the test themselves.
Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen does NOT give tests to travellers.
Therefore, the only recommended places for travellers to be tested in Denmark is Airport Doctor or Aleris-Hamlet private hospitals, as they can provide results within 48 hours.



For residents of non-Nordic countries:
Testing can be done in one's country of residence,
BUT the test center must first be approved by the Surgeon General in Greenland.
Write to corona.iaan@nanoq.gl with the following information:
Your name & address
Test center name, address and website

The test must be administered maximum 3 days (72 hours) prior to check-in for the flight to Greenland.
NOTE: If one is flying to Denmark first, note that one must also abide by Denmark's pre-test regulations: one must show proof of negative test results from a test taken maximum 24 hours prior to boarding a flight to Denmark.

The following information must be visible on the test results in order to check in.
"Tested for COVID-19" (the virus test - NOT the antibody test)
Name
Birthdate
Test result: negative


NOTE: If for some reason one wishes to be tested in Denmark instead of their country of residence, travellers must pay for the test themselves.
Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen does NOT give tests to travellers.
Therefore, the only recommended places for travellers to be tested in Denmark is Airport Doctor or Aleris-Hamlet private hospitals, as they can provide results within 48 hours.
For residents of the Kingdom of Denmark (including Greenland)
One must request an appointment time either via one's own doctor or online at www.coronaprover.dk, using NemID.
Once the test is administered, one must download their own results at www.sundhed.dk.


NOTE: It is only recommended to be tested at Rigshospitalet due to shorter waiting times for results (2-3 days).
Tests from other test facilities are accepted, but wait times for results can be longer.
No matter where a test is administered, it must be administered maximum 3 days (72 hours) prior to check-in for the flight to Greenland.
 
NOTE: Residents of Denmark, Faroe Islands and Greenland who are flying from outside the Kingdom of Denmark to Denmark and onward to Greenland must also abide by Denmark's pre-test regulations: one must show proof of negative test results from a test taken maximum 24 hours prior to boarding a flight to Denmark.
(For example: a Greenland resident who is flying from Spain to Denmark to Greenland, or a Danish resident who is flying from Spain to Denmark and further to Greenland).


See Additional Resources for information on Test Centers in Denmark.
Open Places & Vulnerable Places
Open Places are those one can travel to upon arrival in order to quarantine.
In South Greenland:
Narsaq
Narsarsuaq
Qaqortoq

Vulnerable Places are those one CANNOT travel to without first quarantining & receiving a negative result for a re-test taken on the 5th day after arrival.
One must quarantine & re-test in an Open Place prior to travelling onward.


In South Greenland:

All sheep farms
Aappilattoq
Alluitsup Paa
Ammassivik
Eqalugaarsuit
Igaliku
Nanortalik
Narsarmijit
Qassiarsuk
Qassimiut
Saarloq
Tasiusaq
Entry Requirement - Quarantine
Quarantine upon arrival is a required condition to travel to Greenland.
Quarantine must be done in an Open Place.
All persons must fulfill this entry requirement, both travellers and residents.



The purpose of quarantine is to avoid contact with other people and to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19 in the community.
It is strongly encouraged to quarantine ALONE;
this is also applicable to Greenland residents.


Quarantine can only be done in an Open Place (Narsaq, Narsarsuaq or Qaqortoq).
Quarantine in any other place in South Greenland is not permitted. 
However, camping in the wilderness and/or staying at a wilderness hut/lodge (not located on a sheep farm) are considered permissible quarantine locations. When returning to an inhabited place, if it is within 14 days of arrival to Greenland then one may only return to an Open Place.


Incoming persons are required to stay in quarantine for 14 days.
However, one may get out of quarantine earlier by being re-tested 5 days after arrival to Greenland.

On the 5th day after arrival, one can be re-tested but must remain in quarantine
until a negative test result is received.
See Re-testing below.


If COVID-19 symptoms occur while in quarantine, prior to re-testing,
the person must CALL to the nearest hospital.
It is of the highest importance that people DO NOT visit a health center to report COVID-19 symptoms,
as it increases the risk of spreading the illness.

How to Quarantine

As long as a person is in quarantine awaiting re-testing and/or awaiting test results,
they should preferably remain at their accommodation and avoid contact with others.


It is permitted to go outdoors as long as one avoids contact with other people.
A mask is required if there is any chance of coming in contact with others.

It is permitted to shop for groceries, if needed.
A mask is required during grocery trips.



Guidelines inside the accommodation
It is strongly encouraged to quarantine ALONE within the accommodation.
For residents, if quarantine within the home is not possible, the municipality of residence can be of assistance.


If staying with others, like a travel partner or a family member/friend that resides in Greenland,
minimise contact with other persons,
including f.ex. kissing or preparing/sharing meals together.

Always cough or sneeze into a handkerchief or arm.

Wash hands every time after coughing or sneezing, after using the restroom, before meals and
after coming inside the accommodation after being outdoors. 
Use soap & water, hand sanitizer or wet napkins.



Guidelines outside the accommodation

Limit time spent outdoors in places where one could come in contact with other people.
A mask is required if there is any chance of coming in contact with others. 

Avoid taking public transportation where one could come in contact with other people.
A mask is required if there is any chance of coming in contact with others.  

It is not permitted to mix with groups of people or to visit public places such as eateries, shared laundry rooms, gyms, movie theatres, and the like.

Avoid grocery shopping, if possible.
If one must do their own grocery shopping, avoid peak times.

It is permitted to walk the dog, as long as one avoids contact with other people.
A mask is required if there is any chance of coming in contact with others.  


Watch for the following symptoms.
If symptoms occur, CALL to the local health care center. DO NOT visit a health center to report COVID-19 symptoms,
as it increases the risk of spreading the illness.
Cough
Sore throat
Fever
Headache
Tiredness
Muscle soreness
Mucus build-up
Difficulty breathing
Diarrhea

Re-Testing
Re-testing upon arrival is a required* condition to travel in Greenland. 
All persons must fulfill this entry requirement. 


* Re-testing is required in order to get out of quarantine early;
one is eligible for re-testing on the 5th day after arrival to Greenland,
and one must stay in quarantine until receiving negative re-test results.

*If one wishes to avoid re-testing, that is permitted,
but then the person MUST remain in quarantine for an entire 14 days. 


It is the person's own responsibility to CALL the South Greenland health center
to make arrangements for re-testing on the 5th day after arrival.
It is of the highest importance that people DO NOT visit a health center to report COVID-19 symptoms, as it increases the risk of spreading the illness.
See Health Center Contact Information below.
NOTE: Testing will be provided free of charge for everyone, both residents and visitors.


Test results are not received immediately.
After re-testing, people must remain in quarantine until a negative test result is received.
NOTE: This can take up to a few days, depending on whether one is tested at a facility with a test apparatus or not.


In the event someone cannot get tested on exactly the 5th day,
it is permitted to be tested on a subsequent day. CALL to the health center in the town where quarantine is held to make a test appointment. 


In the event of negative test results, quarantine ends and people may travel freely,
including traveling onward to a Vulnerable Place.
People are, however, required to continue to adhere to all COVID-19 sanitation and social distancing precautions & advice, allowing retesting if COVID-19 symptoms occur.



In the event of positive test results, the person must be in Isolation for as long as needed until a negative test result is achieved.
Likewise, any persons in the immediate vicinity of the infected person (like a travel partner or a family member/friend that resides in Greenland) must go into Quarantine.
Read more about Isolation below.
NOTE: all extra costs incurred are one's own financial responsibility.
Test Locations
COVID-19 tests can be administered in South Greenland at Nanortalik Hospital, Narsaq Hospital, Narsarsuaq Nurse Station and Qaqortoq Regional Hospital.


Tests are administered at Qaqortoq Regional Hospital
on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.


All tests administered in South Greenland will be sent to Qaqortoq in order to be analysed 
This does extend waiting time to receive test results, for those tested outside Qaqortoq.

Cruise Travel
Cruise ships and private vessels may only enter Greenland's maritime territory if the vessel has been at sea for 14 days without calling at a
non-Greenlandic harbour and without any form of passenger exchange whatsoever.

Cruise ships and private vessels must send an electronic Maritime Declaration of Health form to the port authority prior to calling,
maximum 24 hours before. 
This form must be sent for every individual harbour call.
Isolation
Isolation is for persons with positive COVID-19 test results and for persons with COVID-19 symptoms that are awaiting test results. 


How to Isolate

Leaving the accommodation is not permitted.
Outdoor time is not permitted.


If someone in Isolation is staying with others, like a travel partner or a family member/friend that resides in Greenland,
these other people must go in Quarantine.
See above for How to Quarantine.


If someone in Isolation is staying with others,
it is preferable that the person has their own bedroom and own bathroom
in order to avoid contact with others in the accommodation.


Clean daily.


If there is the opportunity to wash clothes privately, do so in minimum 60 degrees Celsius warm water.
If a public laundry facility is the only option, doing laundry at this facility is not permitted.


Wash undergarments, sheets, cleaning rags and towels in minimum 80 degrees Celsius warm water. 


Wear gloves when touching dirty laundry
and wash hands thoroughly after removing the gloves.

Health Center Contact Information
For those who need to arrange for a COVID-19 test, CALL the health center to make arrangements.
It is of the highest importance that people DO NOT visit a health center to make test appointments or report COVID-19 symptoms,

as it increases the risk of spreading the illness. One must CALL first.


QAQORTOQ REGIONAL HOSPITAL - TESTING AVAILABLE
+299 64 22 11

For test appointments, call +299 80 11 22.
Appointment times are given on an individual basis, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.


NANORTALIK HOSPITAL - TESTING AVAILABLE
+299 61 32 11

For test appointments,
call +299 80 11 20 between 09.00 - 10.00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.
Appointment times are given on an individual basis, but will generally be available from 08.30 - 09.00 on Monday - Friday.


NARSAQ HOSPITAL - TESTING AVAILABLE
+299 66 12 11

For test appointments,
call +299 66 12 11 between 08.00 - 16.00.
Appointment times are given on an individual basis.


NARSARSUAQ NURSE STATION - TESTING AVAILABLE
+299 66 45 41   

Aappilattoq Nurse Station
+299 24 74 70

Alluitsup Paa Nurse Station
+299 61 90 11

Ammassivik Nurse Station
+299 61 73 10

Eqalugaarsuit Nurse Station
+299 64 97 11

Igaliku Nurse Station
+299 66 61 11

Narsarmijit Nurse Station
+299 23 86 05

Qassiarsuk Nurse Station
+299 66 45 42

Saarloq Nurse Station
+299 64 90 11

Tasiusaq Nurse Station
+299 28 68 42


NATIONAL COVID-19 HOTLINE
+299 80 11 00

Opening hours:
Monday - Sunday 8.00 - 16.00

Flights / Transportation Methods
Sarfaq Ittuk

Sarfaq Ittuk is considered a Vulnerable Place, due to the proximity of passengers in both accommodations and public areas.

Therefore, one may not travel with Sarfaq Ittuk before quarantining and receiving negative results on a re-test taken in Greenland on the 5th day after arrival.
Alternatively, if one does not wish to be re-tested, one may not travel with Sarfaq Ittuk before having been in quarantine in Greenland for at least 14 days, with no COVID-19 symptoms.
Air Greenland

Persons flying with Air Greenland are encouraged to educate themselves on both the Kingdom of Denmark's entry regulations and Iceland's entry regulations.
See Additional Resources below.


The only routes to South Greenland currently available with Air Greenland are multi-stop routes beginning with Copenhagen-to-Kangerlussuaq.  


For summer 2021, Air Greenland will fly its direct summer route from Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq two times weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 


All check-in must happen at a service counter, due to the entry requirements of showing necessary documentation.
Neither online check-in nor self-check-in will be permitted.


See more about Air Greenland's policies under Additional Resources.
Air Iceland Connect / Icelandair

As of 9 November 2020, all Air Iceland Connect flights to Greenland have been cancelled, due to a decision made by the Government of Greenland. 


NOTE: From April 2021, Icelandair will takeover all former Air Iceland Connect flights.


For summer 2021, Icelandair will fly its direct summer route from Reykjavík to Narsarsuaq two times weekly, on Tuesdays and Saturdays.



Persons flying with Icelandair are encouraged to educate themselves on Iceland's entry regulations.
See Additional Resources below. 


See more about Air Iceland Connect's / Icelandair's policies under Additional Resources.

Vaccination in Greenland
Greenland began a resident vaccination program at the beginning of January 2021 using the Phizer- BioNTech vaccine, approved for use in the EU.


Greenland awaits receipt of the Moderna vaccine, approved for use in the EU. This vaccine will be available for a wider geographic use in Greenland.


The strategy is to vaccinate the elderly, the ill and critical health workers first. As of 12 January 2021, 2.3% of the population has been vaccinated. Thereafter, the general public will be eligible for vaccination.


There are no specific guidelines regarding how vaccination will affect travel regulations in Greenland yet.
Kingdom of Denmark - Required Entry Conditions
The Kingdom of Denmark is currently closed for general entry.

Only those with residence in the Kingdom of Denmark,
or those with proof of a worthy purpose for entry, as defined by the Danish Police,
may enter the Kingdom of Denmark.

This is valid through 7 February 2021.


Any person entering Denmark by airplane must show proof of negative COVID-19 test results from a test taken maximum 24 hours prior to boarding the airplane.


Greenland follows the Kingdom of Denmark's reopening strategy in its basic form.
While Greenland cannot make more lenient rules than the Kingdom of Denmark, it can make stricter ones.

Currently, the entry requirements in Greenland are stricter than those in Denmark.

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Updated 25 January 2021 22.33 (GMT -3)